Once a resting shelter and vacation destination for kings, the grounds of Hwaseong Haenggung in Suwon, South Korea are now a site where locals and tourists can learn about Korean royal history and culture. Despite recent renovations, every inch of the palace has a story to tell. So much so, in fact, that when I visited there recently, I could almost sense the spirits of Korea’s dynastic leaders luring me back in time for a glimpse into the country’s captivating past.
One of the first things I noticed about Hwaseong Haenggung was that it was quite small compared to other royal structures I have visited throughout Asia. I soon learned, however, that what the palace lacks in size, it makes up for in grandeur.
Ribbon cutting ceremony
With great pleasure I announce that my photos will be a part of this years Ulsan International Photography Festival. This is an event that I have paid money to just look at the amazing photos and now my photos will be there! As you can tell, I am quite excited about this.
Being a part of a huge event where pretty much everyone around you is a photographer in one way or another is an intense time. This year I was invited to attend as a member of the “press” which basically meant that I got a free pass and… well that was about it. Not that I am complaining but it was a little unimpressed after jumping on the KTX from Ulsan at 5:22 am to hit Seoul and then an hour on the Subway to get to COEX to get a plastic badge after the emails about being a “VIP blogger”
It is that time of the year again. Blossom time! While it is still a bit early you can still head out and get the jump on some prime locations. There are a few things that I will run over through this quick tour of my most recent trip to Tongdosa.
If you spend any time as a tourist in Seoul you will no doubt end up on a tour of the DMZ. There are many tours going either to Dorasan Station and the 3rd infiltration tunnel or the JSA. Prices differ and so do the experiences. Panmunjom Travel Center offer a different kind of tour experience and one that is sure to leave you with a better understanding of what the situation is like along the DMZ The main quality that set this tour apart from the many other tours out there is the fact that for part of the tour, you get to travel and interact with a North Korean defector.
Back in July, Martin Rehder wrote a great article on Ulsan Online about the Ulsan Shinhwa Art Village and I immediately thought that it would be a great place for a photo walk. I didn’t get around to checking the place out until this past weekend and I was pleasantly shocked at how interesting the place was. There were so many little paths leading off the main road that it is a treasure trove of photographic subjects.
I was going to post this earlier and completely forgot about it. At any rate, about a week or so ago I was able to meet up with some of Ulsan’s hardcore photographers. By that I mean the ones willing to head out to Jangsaengpo on a rainy Saturday to shoot from the top of a building. It was a cold meet up, but it was a great one. I think this meet up opened a lot of people’s eyes to the excitement and torture that is photography.
With the December meet up of the Photographers in Ulsan Photography Club, I thought that I would make this post about how to get the shots from that location, so that people can get some practice and make the best out of their time.